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Podlaskie - great tourist hits

Podlaskie - great tourist hits

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Bia³ystok WarszawaBia³ystok
 www.wrotapodlasia.pl www.poland-tourism.pl
Location, borders.
The Republic of Poland is located in Central Europe. It borders on Germany in the west, Czech and Slovak Republics in the south, Lithuania, Belarus, and Ukraine in the east. In the north it borders on the Baltic Sea and Russia (the Kaliningrad District).
 Area, population, language.
 The area of 312,7 thousand km² is inhabited by over 38 million people. The official language is Polish.
 The capital, cities, and administrative division.
 The capital city is Warsaw, inhabited by nearly 1.700,000 people. Warsaw is situated in central Poland on the Vistula River. Vistula is the biggest river of the country. Other major cities are: Lodz (£ódŸ), Cracow (Kraków), Wroc³aw, Poznañ, Gdañsk, Katowice, and Szczecin. Poland is divided into 16 voivodeships.
 The Podlaskie Province
is situated in the north-eastern part of Poland. It borders on three voivo-deships: the Warminsko-Mazurskie in the north-west, the Mazowieckie in the south-west and, on the very short section, the Lubelskie in the south. It borders on Lithuania on the north-east, and the border is the internal one of the EU) and Belorussia on the east (the border is the external one of the EU).
General profile.
 The area of 20 180 km is inhabited by 1.224.000 people. Administratively it is divided into 115 communes and 17 counties (including 3 city di-stricts - Bia³ystok, £om¿a, and Suwa³ki). There are nine border crossings in the province: on the Polish - Li-thuanian border - Budzisko/Kalvarija (road, cargo and passenger), Ogrodniki/Lazdijaj (road, passenger, and cargo - vehicles up to 3,5t), Trakiszki/Mockava (railway, cargo, and passenger); on the Polish - Belorussian border: Bobrowniki/Bierestowica (road, cargo, and passenger), Czeremcha/Wysokolitowsk (railway, cargo, and passenger), Kuznica Bia³ostocka/Bruzgi (road, railway, cargo, and passenger), Po³owce/Pisz-czatka (railway; for Polish and Belorussian citizens only), Siemianówka (railway, cargo only).
 The capital of the voivodeship.
 The seat of the province - Bia³ystok is inhabited by nearly 300.000 people. The city developed in the first half of the 18th c.  when Grand Hetman of the Crown - Jan Klemens Branicki was its governor. Today Bia³ystok is the largest industrial, cultural and scientific center of the region. Most of higher education and culture institutions have their seats here; including theatres, Philharmonic hall, museums, university, medical academy, musical academy, technical university, and other higher education institutions.
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The Podlaskie Voivodeship is not only Podlasie, whose historical border in the north was marked by the River Biebrza, but also includes the Suwalki region (the very northern part of the province) as well as the eastern part of Mazovia. Every tourist is welcomed by its hospitable and proud inhabitants - proud of their history and ability to coexist in harmony with people of different nationalities and religions present in the region - Poles, Belorussians, Lithuanians, Russians, Tartars and Jews. This cultural diversity was one of the reasons Ludwik Zamenhof created an international language - Esperanto. The people of Podlaskie can also be proud of their respect for nature and its laws. This is best seen near the Biebrza River, where no one raises an alarm although the fickle river floods large areas a few times each year.  Areas with the most precious environments are preserved in four national parks and three landscape parks. These places of great scenic beauty attract not only tourists, but also photographers and film makers looking for exceptional settings for their works. Such films as "Nad Niemnem" ("On the Neman River") or "Pan Tadeusz" were made in the region of Suwa³ki. The trip through Podlasie and Suwalszczyzna is facilitated by a system of well marked trails totaling 3000 km altogether. Some of them coincide with international trails and, with only an identity card, one can continue the trip as far as Li-thuania. Canoeing on the Czarna Hancza river as well as rafting on the Biebrza and Narew rivers are a source of unforgettable memories from the trip. Lovers of horseback riding will find trails designed especially for them and their hoofed animals. The longest horse riding trails in Poland are found in the Augu-stowska and Knyszynska forests. Thrill-seekers could try tourist balloon flights, sport planes flights or motorgliding.Every year the possibilities for tourist accommodation grow in number and quality, especially in farm tourism. More and more often their owners offer much more than just overnight stays. In the Biebrza and Bug valleys, visitors may witness an impressive event: huge herds of milking cows swimming across the river - always at the same time and always in exactly the same place.  Aurochs - European bison - in the Bia³owie¿a Primeval Forest are well known, but they are still one of the greatest tourist attractions of Podlaskie. At some farms, guests have the opportunity to bake a traditional cake - sêkacz, or try their hand at weaving or pottery. A tour of Podlaskie should be a must to those in need of calm and peaceful places, those who want to forget their everyday routine and haste. Anyone seeking undisturbed nature and close contact with it will not be disappointed. Hospitable inhabitants will open the doors of their houses to all in need of rest, all who want to stop for a while and discover a bit of the unknown.
Come and see, and you will return here ....

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